March 5, 2014

featured artist on Artsy Addicts and a tutorial

I am very happy to be a "Featured Artist" on Artsy Addicts blog today! It is a great honor for me and I really appreciate the invitation!
In this post some of my favorite techniques are being presented, as well as a little tutorial for Artsy Addicts readers creating a simple layout with few embellishments, following some simple steps.
I hope you will enjoy my work and it will give you some additional ideas.

This is my post:
Today I am going to show to you 3 of my favorite techniques that I love doing on my scrapbook pages.

1.Tearing pages from an old book. I love to create layouts composed by yellowed pages that have been torn from old books. Ι tear them in pieces and place them around my photo in order to create a frame. In my most recent layouts I use pages from an old chemistry book that a good friend of mine found dumped on the street!

2.Stamping and masking with gesso or modeling pasteAfter I glue the paper chunks, Ι choose the stamps and masks that best fit to the photo's subject. Firstly,I remove the photo from the working area and I stamp randomly around the photo's space with several stamps, then I mask with gesso on the stamps. Sometimes, when the gesso gets dry, I restamp over it to create a connection between the different media. After the stamping, the photo is placed back in position and I choose the embellishments that fits into the theme.

3.Altering embellishments and chipboard pieces. I like altering things, a common practice in my scrapbook projects. I like to cut into pieces all the flowers, stickers and chipboard elements, so as to give them new and unique shape. I then stamp on them, gesso them or both. In my opinion this gives character and style to my work.

Now its time to show you a bonus tutorial for you. I created a simple layout with few embellishments following these three steps!

I place the photo, the torn vintage pages chunks and the big embellishments that are going to be used in my layout.

I remove the photo and start stamping.

More stamps!

 Time for masking...

I place the painted and stamped chipboard pieces, I do some doodling around the tags and stickers, a little misting at the end and... 

that's it!

Thank you Artsy for featuring my work!